Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

B'tselem Publications Examine Illegal Israeli Land and Population Policies in Jerusalem

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

B'tselem Publications Examine Illegal Israeli Land and Population Policies in Jerusalem

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B'tselem Publications Examine Illegal Israeli Land And Population Policies in Jerusalem

Two recent publications by B'tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, deal with Israeli land expropriations in East Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law, and Israel's relentless "ethnic cleansing" of Palestinian residents from East Jerusalem, also illegal under international law and opposed by every U.S. administration prior to that of President Bill Clinton.

"A Policy of Discrimination: Land Expropriation, Planning and Building in East Jeruslem" is a 125-page report researched and written by Eitan Felner. It provides background information on the legal status of East Jerusalem and international law, an explanation of Israeli policy and recent policy shifts since Netanyahu's election, data on land expropriations, and testimonies of several East Jerusalem Palestinian residents.

The second publication is "The Quiet Deportation: Revocation of Residency of East Jerusalem Palestinians," written by Yael Stein and published in April 1997.

The author begins with a review of the restrictions on building which are forcing Palestinians out of their city. These problems began with the start of the Israeli occupation, 30 years ago. Added to these difficulties are new problems, dating from perhaps 18 months ago. The Israeli Interior Ministry has changed its policy on residency status to enable it automatically, without hearings, to revoke the status of Palestinians with Jerusalem residency cards. The methods by which Palestinians, including those who hold American citizenship, already have lost their status are carefully detailed. The description, however, does require close reading. The procedures may be in accordance with Israeli rules, but are nevertheless at variance with the requirements of international law and principles of justice. …

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